The 2019 polar vortex has passed, leaving behind many harrowing stories in its wake. The new Cold Climates Addendum of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Economics of Zero Energy Homes report illuminates how our homes can be better prepared for weather extremes cost-effectively, even in some of the coldest climates in the United States.
We talked to numerous people in the Midwest who lost water when the pipes in their walls froze this past month. Others lost power. Others struggled just to keep their homes warm enough with their existing heating system. Meanwhile, several utilities in Minnesota and Michigan asked consumers to